“I had no choice but to hit it unconditionally.”
Park Min-woo (NC Dinos) started as a second baseman in the 2023 Shinhan Bank SOL KBO League match against the LG Twins held at NC Park in Changwon on the 27th, and made a big success with 4 hits and 3 RBIs in 5 at-bats.
Park Min-woo got a hit from his first at-bat. He made a hit in the situation of a runner on first base without a hit and created a chance for first and third base, and Park Gun-woo went to base with a ball that hit the body. NC took the lead as Jason Martin scored an RBI with a push-out walk with no bases loaded.
At the end of the 3rd inning, Park Min-woo came out in the second at-bat with a runner on first base and hit a double. First base runner Son A-seop advanced to third base. Son Ah-seop scored with an RBI from Yoon Hyeong-jun’s sacrifice fly.
Park Min-woo showed off his long hitting power in his third at-bat at the end of the 4th inning. Runners from 2nd company, 1st and 2nd base, came out to bat and hit a double at the right time with 2 RBIs. In the fourth at-bat at the bottom of the 6th inning, he hit a timely hit with 1 RBI, completing a 4-hit game. In the last at-bat in the bottom of the 8th inning, he withdrew due to a double hit.
Thanks to Park Min-woo’s performance, NC won 5-3 and swept 3 weekend matches against LG.
The match that day was messy. LG starter Lim Chan-kyu threw a ball to Park Kun-woo’s face and was sent off for a headshot. He threw nine pitches and came off the mound without catching a single out count. NC coach Kang In-kwon was ejected after protesting at the end of the 3rd inning. With the first runner on first and third base, Shin Min-jae sent a batted ball to the back of second baseman Park Min-woo. Park Min-woo, who concentrated until the end, treated the batted ball as a floating ball. In the meantime, Park Hae-min tagged up and came home. However, Hong Chang-gi could not return to first base and had 3 out counts. However, before Hong Chang-ki was out, Park Hae-min stepped on the home base first and the goal was recognized. NC applied for a video review, but the centrifuge was maintained. After that, manager Kang In-kwon came out again and protested, and was sent off.
Park Min-woo, who met with reporters after the game, said, “It feels good to win. The game was messy and there were many situations. The coach was also sent off, so I had no choice but to win.” It wasn’t a thought, but I had only the thought of ‘hit unconditionally’. I think that led to good results.”
“I was worried that the young players would be nervous and shaken by the atmosphere, but the players were not shaken and played well. That’s why I was able to win today,” he said.
The three-game series itself was a chaotic atmosphere. NC won 14-1 by succeeding in targeting LG starter Choi Won-tae in a face-to-face confrontation on the 25th. In the bottom of the 9th inning on the 26th, Park Kun-woo’s ball hit the second base umpire’s foot in the situation with the second out runner on first base, and the atmosphere changed. Afterwards, Martin’s RBI and Kwon Hee-dong’s 3-run home run led to a 7-5 come-from-behind victory.
On this day, LG pursued NC until the end. At the beginning of the 8th inning, when NC was leading 5-2, Kim Hyun-soo, who came out as a pinch hitter with 1 runner on 1st and 2nd base, hit a timely hit with 1 RBI. In the 1st and 3rd base opportunities that continued, Austin Dean sent a ground ball in front of the 3rd baseman. Third base runner Shin Min-jae ran home, but was tagged out. Afterwards, Oh Ji-hwan walked on base and became the bases loaded. Moon Bo-kyung came out at bat. It was a situation where a single hit could even tie the score. However, second baseman Park Min-woo handled Moon Bo-kyung’s bat without a mistake.스포츠토토
Regarding the situation at the time, Park Min-woo said, “In the past, I would have said, ‘Don’t let the ball come to me,’ but that’s not the case now. I think we talked about focusing even when we got together.”
Park Min-woo showed his will to play fall baseball at NC Park this season. NC Park opened in 2019. NC advanced to the postseason twice in the 2019 and 2020 seasons, but did not play at NC Park. After finishing the season in 5th place in the 2019 season, he played a wild card match against LG at Jamsil Stadium in Seoul. The result was a 3-1 victory for LG. In the 2020 season, he went straight to the Korean series with first place, but all Korean series were held at Gocheok Sky Dome in Seoul.
Park Min-woo said, “I don’t have any personal goals for this season. I just want to play in all the remaining games.” I’m sorry to these fans. It’s my first year with the director, so I have a strong desire to do more.”